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  • Marcy Kocher

We’ve Come a Long Way

Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters.

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to eke out a basic living.

Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories, and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.

People of all ages, particularly the poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities, and breaks.

Let’s not forget many fought (some with their lives) for our ability to make a sound, safe living.

From protests to picnics, we’ve come a long way.

Be intentional today, disconnect from work, and celebrate progress, safety, and abundance.

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